Tuesday, April 07, 2009

For Deb

By the time this has been posted I will, hopefully, be on my way to London. I say hopefully because I am flying standby as a retired Airline employee which could mean sitting at Fulmincino all day waiting to get on a flight. But this is a trip I have to make.

I wish I could say it was like my last trip over - that I was going to see my darling Deb, take her for lunch to the Ritz and then to see a play. That I was going to have lunch with her and James at some fun place and then shopping for an extravagant dinner of Fortnum and Mason take-out. But sadly my reason for going to London is to say goodbye. Deb fought against cancer for 11 years and never have I seen such a fight. Finally tired of the battle and knowing she had given it her best she died at the end of March with James beside her.

Tomorrow we will gathering to say goodbye and being our Deb we have specific instructions: no one is to wear black, dress as if for a garden party ( for ladies that means hats) and play music - not just church music but music that will remind us of her.

As luck would have it - god I believe in serendipity - my friend Kev posted this video on Facebook. Deb and I use to joke about The Sound of Music and how twee Julie Andrews was but not so long ago she went to a sing-along showing and I remember her enjoying it.

Here is the ultimate Sound of Music Sing-Along from Antwerp Central Railway Station:


Thanks Kev, Deb would have loved this. I wish with all my heart she could sing-along.

07 aprile - San Jean-Baptiste de La Salle

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

William,

My deepest sympathies for your loss ... take care and have a safe trip ...

2 dogs
David Smith

Anonymous said...

Will
I'm so sorry you have lost another good friend. Have a wonderful sing a long!
DF

NewMe said...

My condolences. So sorry for your loss.

sageweb said...

Oh Will, I am so sorry for your loss of a freind. What a beautiful video in honor of her.

Doralong said...

Again dear, I am so very sorry for the loss of such a dear friend. But when you told me of the memorial plans, I had to smile. I think it genuinely will make all concerned feel better in addition to honoring Deb. (And let me know if you sight you know who)

yellowdog granny said...

oh...will!..I'm so sorry..sorry for your loss and sorry that the world loss such a lovely person..candles lit..prayers sent..jac

Tater said...

So sorry for your loss, and for all those that knew and loved her. Sounds like quite a lady, and a dear friend. Safe trip.

evilganome said...

I'm very sorry to hear that you have lost such a dear friend. I am sure she must have been a delight to know if the video made you think of her.

I hope that you and all her other friends and loved ones can honor her by having a great time. It sounds like that is what she would like best.

flipstinger said...

Again, my condolences dear Willy! my prayers go out to your Deb and her family...

I hope the reunion with the others pals turn out great...I'm sure Deb is smilin' up there to see you and the others gather together in her memory.

Sling said...

That made me cry,it was that beautiful of a tribute.
Condolences on your loss my friend.

Susan said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. It sounds like you have many wonderful memories.

more cowbell said...

That has to be so difficult ... I'm sorry about your friend, Willym.